As seen in Woman’s World magazine! It may sound too good to be true, but dancing is proven to help reverse the effects of brain aging. That’s because learning new moves and focusing on balance and flexibility strengthens and exercises the brain area responsible for memory and emotion (the hippocampus). In one German study, a weekly dance class led to a 21% increase in the volume of this important brain region over the course of a year. My prescription? Grab a friend and start cutting a rug to feel 10 years younger!
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.